December Stream: Chattahoochee River - Whitewater Creek
Late fall is a great time to be on the Hooch! (as long as you check the water release schedule) My visits to the area on the Chattahoochee known as Whitewater Creek brought back visions of the days when the water was cleaner and the trout were more plentiful! I visited Whitewater Creek only twice this month and on both occasions did very well.
The Chattahoochee has always been a convenient destination for me, but I have never had a whole lot of luck with a fly rod on the river. My luck changed some this month at Whitewater Creek where I managed to catch and release 25 or more trout in two days of fishing. Most of these fish were tiny, I mean very tiny, but I did manage to catch a few in the 7-10 '' range.
Now most of you are probably thinking that 25 tiny fish in two days isn't really that great. To that I must say that catching any fish at all on the Chattahoochee is special to me. The Chattahoochee has always been an excellent trout stream, but it has also always been in danger of misuse. To see it thriving and supporting substantial amounts of natural reproduction puts a smile on my face.
The fish in the Chattahoochee will usually hit almost anything if presented properly, the trick is finding them. Fortunately the Whitewater Creek trail is well worn both upstream and downstream from the main entry point. There are many good areas in both directions.
The Whitewater Creek portion of the Chattahoochee River is located just off of Northside drive in Fulton County. For general directions to the Chattahoochee see the Clickable Georgia Map.
It is important to note that the water in the Chattahoochee remains very cold all year long and wet-wading should be reserved for hardier individuals. Also always remember to check the to see what time the dam is releasing so as to not get caught in the raging water. The schedule can be unpredictable at times, depending on power needs, and it is imperative to call the following numbers to obtain the generation schedule.
Chattachoochee River below Buford Dam: Available from Corps of Engineers for Buford Dam at (770) 945-1466
Water releases travel downstream from Buford Dam at about 4-5 mph. It's a good idea to stay off the river during releases.
Morgan Falls Dam: (404) 329-1455